Happy New Year, all! Here’s a chapter alert for David in the Lion’s Den. Chapter two of this quirky, character-driven mystery is live. Some pathos begins to emerge in this chapter, even as the characters take on more flesh and spirit, and a sense of playful fun dominates.

I want to turn these alerts into author’s notes to point out bits of interesting trivia. Here goes!

Check out Howie’s claim that he saw Mistress Carla on the Robin Byrd Show. As many New Yorkers know, Byrd is (in)famous for her public access cable TV program in which she and guests (some of them very well known) dance nude and semi-nude. Unlike most public access TV, Byrd’s show, which debuted in 1977, has become popular and even iconic. She took a legal case about access all the way to the US Supreme Court, where she won.

In another note, Howie points out Larry Kramer to David at an Act Up meeting at the 13th LGBT Center. Readers can use that detail to date the piece to no later than the late 1980s, when Act Up general meetings moved to the Cooper Union, site of one of Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speeches.

But without further ado, here’s chapter 2!

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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